Northwest Horticultural Council
UNITED ARAB EMIRATES
Currency: 1 Dirham
Official Language(s): Arabic
Please click on the above link for a list of chemical MRLs.
II. CHEMICALS AND ADDITIVE INFORMATION
A. Chemical residue standards:
The United Arab Emirates defers to Codex. When there is no established Codex MRL, EU MRLs may be applied.
B. Monitoring chemical residues:
The United Arab Emirates Health Authorities upgraded their labs by importing new equipment for monitoring chemical residues and have started running tests more frequently.
C. Restrictions on use of waxes:
There are no restrictions on the use of waxes.
III. ORGANIC FRUIT REGULATIONS
V. NON-TARIFF BARRIERS
A. Labeling requirements:
Shipping cartons must state:
1. Product and brand name
2. Net weight
3. Country of origin
4. Packer’s name and address
In addition, apple cartons must be labeled with:
1. Variety name
2. Class (grade)
3. Size (count)
The UAE accepts English-only labels and does not enforce the Arabic-label requirement. However, bilingual labels or Arabic stickers are recommended.
Production/expiry dates are not required for bulk cartons of fresh fruits and vegetables.
If product is prepackaged for direct sale to consumers additional labeling requirements apply.
B. Licenses and quotas:
C. Currency Issues:
D. Pest and plant disease restrictions:
E. Other trade restrictions:
A Country of Origin Certificate must accompany the shipment.
A Health Certificate must accompany the shipment. This certificate should state that “The goods have been prepared and shipped under sanitary conditions and are fit for human consumption.”
The UAE has adopted with minor modification the Codex Alimentarius Apple Grade Standard. For a copy of this standard, click on this document link.
VI. MARKETING REPRESENTATIVES FOR PACIFIC NORTHWEST TREE FRUIT INDUSTRY:
Washington State Fruit Commission and Pear Bureau Northwest:
Arab Marketing & Finance Inc. (AMFI)
VII. OTHER RESOURCE LINKS:
- The World Factbook (Central Intelligence Agency)
- United Arab Emirates (U.S. Commercial Service/Department of Commerce)
- U.S. Embassy